|The Saga of
Jerome Courtland starred as Andy Burnett, a young
frontiersman who roamed the
Colorado/Dakotas/Wyoming areas of the 1830-1840s
as buffalo hunter, mountain man and trapper.
"Well kids, the story started a long time ago.
Andy Burnett was a frontier boy from Kentucky
who inherited Daniel Boone's rifle. As he grew
up, he moved west across the country. In a way,
the story of Andy growing up is the story of
America growing too" -- Narration by Fess
Parker to Mouseketeers
Fess Parker and
Jerome Courtland (Andy Burnett)
Andy left home to escape an overbearing
stepfather. As he trekked west, from Pittsburgh
to the Blackfoot Indian territory, he had many
adventures and met a few hardy mountaineers who
kept him company along the way. They included:
- Jeff York as Joe Crane
- Slim Pickens as Old Bill Williams
- Andrew Duggan as Jack Kelly
The Saga of Andy
Burnett aired as part of the
"Frontierland" segment on the ABC Sunday
family anthology series DISNEYLAND
(a.k.a. "Walt Disney Presents").
It ran for two seasons (1957-1958) with a
total of six episodes; each of which were
introduced by Walt Disney, the host of the
The Disney series was inspired by the
historical novels written by Stewart
Edward White, including "The Long Rifle"
(1930) "Ranchero" (1933) "Folded Hills" (1932)
and "Stampede" (1942). These four stories appeared
published collection, The Saga of Andy
Jerome Courtland was the son of Mary Courtland, a vocalist who
appeared on Your Hit Parade radio series. In later years,
Courtland, a former leading man and nightclub singer, produced the
1967 religious sitcom THE FLYING NUN starring Sally Field..
Courtland returned to Disney Studios and produced the films,
The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975),
Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) and Pete's Dragon
His directing credits included such series as THE LOVE BOAT,
PARTRIDGE FAMILY and FALCON CREST.
Obituaries: Jeff York: 10/11/1995; Slim Pickens:
12/08/1983; Andrew Duggan: 05/15/1988;
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